Nile Rodgers & Mark Ronson plan 12-hour 'Evolution of Dance Music' show

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Stretching across a mammoth two weeks, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland is a pretty incredible proposition for music fans – and no, it’s not just jazz on the agenda. Having kicked off over the weekend, the event boasts performances from M.I.A., Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Janelle Monae, Gesaffelstein, Kavinsky and many, many more, but there’s one event going down on Friday 13 July that looks especially star-studded. Disco legend Nile Rodgers and the ever-dapper band leader Mark Ronson have gathered a troupe of 15 artists for one almighty dance party that’s going non-stop for 12 hours.

“I’m doing a huge, massive dance concert in a few weeks at Montreux Jazz Festival,” Rodgers said backstage at the weekend’s Ibiza123 Festival, in an interview inthemix picked up on today. “We’re playing 12 continuous hours of dance music, from seven-pm till seven-am the next morning. I’m doing what I call the Evolution Of Dance Music: starting with early disco, bringing in Tavares, who sung in the Saturday Night Fever film, then going through the whole evolution and winding up with EDM early in the morning, with five big DJs playing for me to take it to sunrise. It’s going to be unbelievable.”

Those five DJs include Felix Da Housecat, DJ Dimtri and Scarlett Etienne, while the ‘earlier’ part of the performance features Chic, Johnny Marr of The Smiths, electro-pop act La Roux and even ‘90s club chart fixture Ultra Nate. There’s also the promise of special unannounced guest artists and DJs. Go on then, get Prince, Daft Punk and Frankie Knuckles in there.

“My whole life has been about collaborating,” Rodgers continued in that interview. “When we play our set, I have to tell people we’re not a cover band. These are my songs! I either wrote, produced or played on every last one of them. I’ve just knocked out a bunch of records recently: with Adam Lambert, Daft Punk, Scissor Sisters, La Roux.”